Frequently Asked Questions – The Bay Area Addiction Detox Center
WHAT IS AN ADDICTION?
Addiction is any dependence on a mind-altering substance that continues despite the negative consequences that it has on an individual, and those around them. Drug and alcohol dependence is a disease that affects the brain’s chemistry.
Addiction is when you develop such a strong desire physically and mentally to drink or use drugs that you lose control. You can’t say no even if it hurts you or your loved ones.
When dealing with substance abuse, common signs that addiction is taking shape are an inability to cease use of a substance despite negative consequences, increased irritability and/or the presence of withdrawal symptoms — without the substance, voluntarily engaging in destructive behavior to obtain the substance.
WHAT SPECIFIC ADDICTIONS DO WE TREAT?
We treat all forms of substance abuse issues. The most common are:
- Opiates – Heroin, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Vicodin
- Benzodiazepines – Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, and benzodiazepine-like drugs including Ambien, Lunesta, etc.
- Methamphetamines, and cocaine.
WHAT IS MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT?
We work diligently to provide our patients with the most current medical treatments in the field and utilize medication-assisted treatment (MAT). We use medications to decrease the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms as well as to decrease medical risks and prevent relapse.
WHY CAN’T I JUST STOP USING DRUGS?
In over 90% of cases, people who are categorized as addicts will relapse within the 6-12 months when attempting an abstinence-only based approach. A majority of those that are seeking treatment are so far along in their addiction process, having gone through repeated cyclical relapses, that they can’t do it alone.
On a chemical level, your brain has become wired to depend on your drug of choice (hence the term “chemical dependency”), which makes stopping tough. Often, there are also underlying reasons that drive an addict to use, such as early childhood trauma, and other types of traumatic experiences, that they have not allowed themselves to process fully. This is not always the case, but it is very common. In order to stay clean, the underlying causes of substance abuse need to be identified and treated. Therapy and medications to treat anxiety and depression can also be helpful in the healing process.
WHY IS DETOX IMPORTANT?
HOW CONFIDENTIAL IS THE PROGRAM?
Our outpatient detox program is 100% confidential and private. We do not use electronic medical records for our outpatient detox program. Your records are completely secure.
Our program is private, confidential and provides complete anonymity!
HOW LONG IS THE TREATMENT PROCESS?
Our program allows you to detox in 3-7 days in the comfort of your own home. This means you don’t have to put your life on hold. It is a deal for people without insurance and those that want a safe, effective alternative to expensive hospitalization.
If drugs or alcohol have taken over your life, we are here to help you get it back!
HOW SOON CAN I START?
We can start your outpatient treatment program right away.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.